Multi-factor authentication

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) at the University of Surrey invites applications for a fully-funded PhD position in Cryptography to work on a research project focusing on the design, analysis and development of multi-factor authentication protocols. 
Application deadline
Funding information

Funding will provide an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £22,000 and coverage of the home/EU tuition fees.


The project is supported by industrial partners and aims at enriching the functionality, security and privacy properties of multi-factor authentication in single-server and federated authentication scenarios, while taking into account existing authentication frameworks such as FIDO UAF/U2F, OAuth 2.0, etc. The successful candidate will be working under supervision of Dr Mark Manulis (Principal Supervisor) and Dr Thanassis Giannetsos (Co-Supervisor). 

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants are expected to:

  • Have a bachelors degree with second-upper class honours in information security, computer science, mathematics or a related discipline or alternatively, a masters degree in information security, computer science, mathematics or a related discipline.
  • Have strong background knowledge and technical skills (incl. programming skills) in cryptography and/or information/cyber security.

A related research-oriented BSc final year project or MSc dissertation will strengthen the profile of the candidate. We particularly welcome applications from ongoing students who are projected to fulfil the above criteria and complete their degree in 2018.

How to apply

Applicants should submit their applications through our PhD Computer Science course page. In your application you must mention this studentship in order to be considered. 

PhD Computer Science

Contact details

Mark Manulis
33 BB 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 683911

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